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tv   House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Holds News Conference  CSPAN  February 14, 2019 5:26pm-5:43pm EST

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the measure would provide $1.4 billion of barrier borders and including money for nine federal departments and 2% pay raise for federal workers. the senate passed the measure. 11 republicans and five democrats voted no. and senator burr did not vote. the house will take it up next 9:00a possible vote around p.m. until then, a look at remarks by house speaker nancy pelosi from her weekly briefing at the capitol this after toon. this is about 15 minutes.
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ms. pelosi: good morning. i served with him and his father two different parties. one a democrat and one a republican. both of them southern gentlemen, patriotic americans, both of joneses. and certainly walter jones and ohn dingell.
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today is also a day of sadness because it marks the one-year anniversary of the parkland tragedy. of gun violence. one year ago, america's heart was broken by the horrific act of violence in parkland, florida. today we remember the 17 lives that were stolen from us then. i'm very pleased that last night, the house judiciary committee under the leadership of jerry nadler, and with the full participation of our members, took a strong step to end the epidemic of gun violence and they advanced h.r. 8, the bipartisan, commonsense background check legislation. our committees are hard at work, i'm very proud of our freshman. i've said to you before that in this freshman class we have 18 chairs of subcommittees, to contrast that to the -- another historic freshman class, the water gate babies when they came in with all of the size and enthusiasm that they did. they didn't have one subcommittee chair in the first year that they took office. so we're very proud of that 18 of them have gaveled. they come enthusiastic, well prepared. all of the members, but especially, of course, our subcommittee chairs. so we're very hard at work on our for the people agenda. while we're waiting for the
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senate to pass the conference report, the bipartisan, bicameral conference report, which i understand is imminent in the senate and then we'll vote on it later today. we've left it to the appropriators to make the decisions, come up with a bicameral, bipartisan bill that we can overwhelmingly support. at the same time we are working on our for-the-people agenda, our for-the-people agenda said it was going to lower health care costs by lowering the cost of prescription drugs. we've had the ways and means committee and the oversight committee, government reform and oversight committee have already had hearings on the price of prescription drugs. our second point in the for-the-people agenda was to lower health care costs, build paychecks by building the infrastructure of america, and
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again, last week the transportation and infrastructure committee held its -- a hearing with representatives of private and ublic sectors. the mayor of los angeles representing our nation's mayors, governor walz representing our governors and others participating there. third point, our for-the-people agenda is h.r. 1, to reduce the role of big, dark, special interest money in politics. lower voter suppression and increase the voice of everyday americans in our political system. to restore confidence in our political system. and we've already had an outside of washington hearing under the leadership of marcia fudge in brownsville, texas. great participation from our members, including our distinguished whip, mr. clyburn, participating. and here this week we've had omeland security committee
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having a hearing on h.r. 1, and as it relates to the integrity of our elections, and we have the house administration committee having a hearing on that as well. again, part of our h.r. 1, 2, 3rks the first 10 resolutions of the house, the first 10 bills, we're very pleased that we're advancing the for-the-people agenda but also .r. 8, the gun violence prevention bill. scheduled to report out two, that bill, understand and then mr. clyburn's initiative on the fix for south carolina, which has bipartisan, bicameral support. just a word further on the agreement that we will be voting on later today. in addition to the pieces on homeland security, which are very important, by the way, the homeland security budget is a
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ig budget. it's not just about the mexico border. it's about ice cutters off of alaska and other parts of our border that are not necessarily just the southern part. i'm very pleased that some long advocated for pieces are now in that budget as well. so when you talk about the size of the budget, it's broader than the u.s.-mexico border. but the bill that we will be passing is a long overdue pay raise for federal employees to make them on par with military employees as they have always been. an additional $1 billion for the census, to combat the administration's assault and to ensure a fair, accurate account.
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$3 billion to keep communities safe by combating the opioid epidemic and hiring more police officers. $17 billion to rebuild america's infrastructure, billions of dollars in support of small businesses, more than $9 billion to protect clean air, clean water and public lands. $9.1 billion in security assistance for our allies and $7.4 billion for global health and nutrition assistance. so this is a very important legislation. six appropriations bills that were agreed to and not as controversial, and then the homeland security bill, which produced the result that today we will keep government open and that's very important for the american people. but we will also, as we do so, protect our borders and protect our values. reporter: madam speaker. the president just said that he will declare a national emergency when he signs this
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bill. do you still plan to file a legal challenge if and when he does that? and how quickly -- [inaudible] -- ms. pelosi: did i say i was filing a legal challenge? reporter: you said -- [inaudible] -- ms. pelosi: i may. that's an option. we'll review our option. it's important to note that when the president declares this emergency, first of all, it's not an emergency. what's happening at the border. humanitarian challenge to us, the president, has tried to sell a bill of goods. putting that aside, just in terms of the president making an end run around congress, here he said he'll respect what the committee will do and then walks away from it. the president talks about the power of the purse, you've heard me say over and over again, article one, the legislative branch, the power of the purse, the power to declare war, many other powers listed in the constitution, and, of course, the responsibility to have oversight. so the president is doing an end run around that.
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we will review our options. we'll be prepared to respond appropriately to it. i know the republicans have some unease about it, no matter what they say. because if the president can declare an emergency on something that he has created as an emergency, an illusion that he wants to convey, just think of what a precedent -- what a president with different values can present to the american people. you want to talk about a national emergency, let's talk about today, the one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in america. that's a national emergency. why don't you declare that an emergency, mr. president? i wish you would. but a democratic president can do that, democratic president can declare emergencies as well. so the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the republicans. and of course we will respond accordingly, when we review our options.
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first we have to see what the president actually says. reporter: to that end, there's been some discussion of a resolution in the house that might force republicans to go on the record and vote against this. would that be an option? ms. pelosi: i'm saying we're reviewing our options. we have to see what the president will say. i don't believe that there's any good faith negotiations to have with the republicans in congress if they're going to support the president doing an end run about what the will of the people, the congress of the united states, has put forth. so we will review our options and i'm not prepared to give any preference to any one of them right now. reporter: on the news that the president told the senate majority leader that he will sign the bill, you must be pleased with that, but on the national emergency, does that change the vote calculus at all? obviously if the president is going to sign a piece of legislation, he would say, ok, i
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would vote for that, but also that caveat that could potentially peel votes away. ms. pelosi: let's just have the vote. [laughter] that's very interesting. but let's just have the vote. reporter: that changes the support one way or another? ms. pelosi: it may, i don't know. it's probably more of an influence in the united states senate. we have the votes in the house. but it is interesting to see how the vote has -- the president has said to the republicans -- republican leadership in the senate, senator shelby, a senior appropriator, the chairman of the appropriations committee there, a respected leader in the united states senate, i don't have confidence in what you did, even though the president failed to convince the american people and their representatives in congress of his position. but let's just see what the votes are. who knows what the calculus is on the other side. reporter: it doesn't affect your side of the aisle? ms. pelosi: no. reporter: as far as the gun control bill or background check bill is a concern, you said that a national emergency should be
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eclared --
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ms. pelosi: could be declared. if you want to talk about emergencies, that's a national emergency. reporter: that's something you would like to see a president declare -- ms. pelosi: no, i'm saying a president could do that. if you want to go down that path, then let's look at what really is a national emergency. i'm not advocating for any president doing an end run around congress. i'm just saying that the republicans should have some dismay about the door that they are opening, the threshold they are coming from. reporter: in your opening comments you spoke some about the freshman class. i was wondering, there have been a number of viral moments that some of these new democratic members -- ms. pelosi: that's the word. viral. viral, viral. questions about viral moments. [laughter] reporter: do these dem freshmen have an outside influence that you've never seen before? ms. pelosi: no. this is welcome to the democratic party. we are not a rubber stamp for anybody. we are not a monolith. we have never been, and who would want to lead a party that would be described that way? the members come, they bring their enthusiasm, their priorities. we welcome that. and they're not programmed, they are spontaneous, prepared, and i'm proud of them. ok? reporter: again, you mentioned the anniversary of parkland several times. and the legislation you're bringing to the floor enjoys broad support. other legislation to that end, not quite as popular around the country, although it's more popular among the democratic caucus than probably ever. are you committed to bringing to the floor some further legislation to that end, such as the restoration of the ban on assault-style weapons? ms. pelosi: the committee, the judiciary committee, the committees of jurisdiction, will
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review any proposals that we have on any subject. and what they have put -- prioritized, in addition to the committee we have a task force headed up by congressman mike thompson of california, has worked in a bipartisan way to protect the american people. what are the measures that save the most lives? and how do we get them into law, a proposal that turns into legislation, that passes into law, that makes a difference in the lives of the american people? and it's up to the committee and the task force to make their proposals as we go forward. we do think that keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them probably saves the most lives. thank you all very much. oh, happy valentine's day. all we need is love and hocolate, right?
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reporter: can we still go to valentine's day dinner? ms. pelosi: that would be the hope of -- depends on how soon the republicans -- the senate takes up the bill. we said that we wouldn't vote before 6:30 because that's when our members come back from north carolina. but we hope not to have it bill one minute after that. so, you'll have time for dinner. we thank you all very much. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national >> u.s. capitol, the house still in recess but we expect members to return within the hour to start debate over border security and government funding for the rest of the budget year. it would provide 1.4 billion for 55 miles of new barriers while including money for nine federal departments and 2% pay raise for federal workers.
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83-16.ate-passed measure 11 republicans and north carolina richard burr did not vote. now that the bill has passed the senate, the house will take it with a final vote at 9:00 p.m. and follow the house right here on c-span when they gavel back in. 4 people against genocide? >> that is always the position of the united states. announcer: "washington journal" continues. host: this is representative chip roy, republican of texas. he is here to talk about, among many issues, border security. good morning. what should republicans do with the border security deal being reported on? guest: were i advising the president and making the deon


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